Even with the current situation in the world with two countries in a war, here is a post about peace.
I really wanted to write this post because there are many times I come to think of peace and what it truly means. And I am sure all of us do.
We all hear about world peace. All the leaders in the world are working towards world peace. But somehow world peace sounds too far fetched.
‘How do I bring world peace as an individual? How can I contribute to world peace? Does my life even count?’
It somehow feels as if our doings won’t matter and our happenings in life insignificant.
But here I want to say, or rather, remind you that it does. And this post is infact as much a reminder to me, as it is to you.
So let me start with a simple definition of peace.
What is Peace?
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Peace is described by the dictionary as simply ‘freedom from disturbance’. It is a state of not being interrupted and annoyed by worry, problem, noise, or unwanted actions.
In the buddhism that I practice, it is called ‘Kosen Rufu’, which is ‘world peace through individual happiness’
This might sound too obvious, but this world IS made up of us- of people like you and me.
Your happiness- my happiness, your actions- my actions, your doings- my doings all matter in bringing about a world we would love to live.
How you live this life and how I live this life matters.
How you perceive your daily happenings matters.
How you strive to see the world ~ and everything around it ~ your worklife, your family, your relationships, your routines, your habits, your duties, your obligations matters.
This life spread out in years, months and days for a brief amount of time is all we’ve got. So your first responsibility to world peace is towards first creating your own personal peace.
And here I’d like to give 5 simple ways I have found most true to contribute to personal peace and thus towards world peace.
5 simple ways to contribute to world peace
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‘P’- Practice ‘blessing’
Blessing is a form of prayer. It is simply a genuine wish from the heart for the good and happiness of others.
Practice blessing people. Practice blessing strangers. When you’re out for a walk, bless people who pass you by.
When you’re commuting to work in a public bus or anywhere, bless the people around you.
When you’re waiting in line, instead of being frustrated, bless the one in front of you.
Bless your friends, bless your partner, bless your colleagues silently in your heart.
Give off genuine good wishes out for them. Bless them that whatever in life they’re going through, may they find happiness and success.
To bless is so simple and yet so powerful because it is something coming directly from the heart. And our hearts are a powerhouse.
I say practice blessing to contribute to world peace, because when you bless you’re not only giving off good vibration out to the world that reaches to the other person, but you also raise your own vibration.
I always feel almost an immediate good feeling when I bless people from my heart.
There is upliftment in genuinely wishing well. When you bless, there is no hard feelings in your heart. There is no worry, no discontent, but only goodness and compassion.
And that is what peace is all about. To bless is to bring peace in our heart.
‘E’- Ensure Non-discrimination
All conflict in the world arises directly or indirectly because of personal discrimination which transcends and reaches out to more and more people.
And all discrimination comes from personal judgements and assumptions which again gets transferred to more and more people.
But discrimination only happens when we live life in with our minds.
Our hearts on the other hand knows no discrimination and no judgements.
It is an embarrasment for the heart to discriminate, for our hearts are pure, vast and sublime, capable of encompassing everyone and everything into our compassionate fold.
But ofcourse it is much harder, and I wonder why hate spreads so easily and kindness stops midway.
However as individuals if we are to contribute to world peace and practice non discrimination, the easiest way is simply to be close to our hearts and hear it speak to us in whispers.
And if you can’t hear it speak, start with intentions in the morning. I love how Deepak Chopra asks us to affirm in the morning, ‘Today I shall judge nothing that occurs’.
This includes also the thoughts and feelings that occur to you through the day. Don’t judge your feelings ~ whether good or bad. This helps in eliminating a lot of negative self talk and is a way to personal peace.
Simply look at it and see that it is there.
It will be difficult, but that is why it is a practice.
‘A’- Allow ‘trust’ space in your heart
Trust seems like something which we only expect from our partner or close friends, but trust is so much more.
When you take a cab in the morning for work, do you trust the driver that he will take you where you want to go, or do you doubt that he doesn’t know the way, or doubt that he will charge you more?
When your loved one goes on a trip somewhere, do you trust that they will reach safely or are you constantly worried about their safety?
When you work with someone in a project, do you trust him that he will co-operate or do you doubt that they will somehow work against your way?
When someone is nice to you, do you trust them that they genuinely like you or do you overthink their hidden intentions?
All through our daily life day if we only start recognising, we will come to find that there will be many small instances where we can either respond with trust or doubt.
If you want to contribute to peace, allow ‘trust’ to hold space in your heart. Each individual holding trust in their heart is what will create peace in the world.
When you trust there is no overthinking, and only letting go. But when you doubt, you constantly make your mind over-work with worry and fear. And a state of worry and fear will never know peace.
‘C’- Contemplate ‘Love’
If we are to create a world with peace, that is world peace, love is the biggest ingredient that will make it happen
I won’t lie, but there are many times when I fall short of love and understanding, and instead judgements and anger takes its space.
But I’ve also found an easy way to re-fill my heart with love again and come back to my true self. And that is by- contemplating on ‘Love’.
For this, most important is to first make time for ‘love’. Do you want to hold on to that anger or do you want to bring peace in your heart?
If you want to know peace, then you ought to make time for love.
Make time for ‘love’ by just contempating on the qualities of love. When you contemplate on love, you become love, and understanding and forgiveness (to others and to self ) flows in automatically.
Just thinking about Love brings peace and makes me want to re-do my thoughts and bring understanding in the situation.
You can sit down in meditation position, or sit down in prayer and contemplate on love. Or you can write about qualities of love you wish to have, or you can hear about love~ pure love.
Currently I am listening to the podcast, ‘The way out is in’ on spotify and just listening to it fills my heart with love, and makes me want to be a better person.
‘E’- End ‘Complains’
Lastly if you want to contribute to world peace contribute by adding more things to be grateful for.
The world already has enough problems and suffering. Don’t add to that energy by complaining about the weather, about the work, about the traffic, or things as such.
Vow yourself for a complain free day, then for a complain free week. If you get better- a complain free month.
If you find yourself complaining, simply awareness is a good thing, and immediately stop and don’t engage in it further.
Instead add to the energy of peace and prosperity that nature gives so freely.
A nice gratitude practice I recently came across is when you wake up or before you go to sleep touch your fingers one by one and as you do think about what you’re grateful for and just be thankful.
Final thoughts on how to contribute to world peace
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Lastly if you ask me, ‘How will I know that I am actually contributing to world peace?’
I would say, when you find yourself loving, when you find yourself truly happy and peaceful, know that you are contributing to world peace and you are making this world a better place just through your lived experiences.
How you take care of yourself and ‘your heart’ is how you take care of the world. You don’t have to go too far.
And as Mahatma Gandhi says, ‘What you do might be very insignificant, but it is very important that you do it’.
Blessings, Love and happiness your way.